09.23.14

Los Angeles Times: Airstrikes in Syria also target little-known Khorasan Group

Brian Bennett reports on U.S. airstrikes targeting Khorasan.

With motivated fighters from the United States and Europe streaming into Syria to join militant groups, Al Qaeda’s battered leadership in Pakistan recently saw an opportunity to pluck Western passport holders and train them to launch attacks in their home countries.

A “group of brothers” was dispatched to join Islamist rebels. Soon, U.S. officials say, the shadowy network known as the Khorasan Group was making plans to attack the U.S. and Europe.

“The Khorasan Group is really focused on attacking the United States; that is largely their reason for being,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “The combination of those elements — money, space, time and talent — make Khorasan a really dangerous group.”

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By:  Brian Bennett
Source: Los Angeles Times